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St. Luke’s completes affiliation with Aspirus

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April 1, 2024

WAUSAU – St. Luke’s, based in Duluth, Minnesota, has completed its affiliation with Wausau, Wisconsin-based Aspirus Health. 

The expanded health system now operates 19 hospitals and 130 outpatient locations with nearly 14,000 team members, including 1,300 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians across northeastern Minnesota, northern and central Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 

Matt Heywood, Aspirus Health president/CEO, said the system will operate its headquarters in Wausau and maintain a corporate office in Duluth. 

Heywood said the combined system will collaborate in clinical care, shared medical knowledge and resources to improve care coordination and increase patient access for a broad region. 

“Our collective strengths will improve health for our communities, and we look forward to what the future holds for our patients, staff and all who rely on our system for excellent care,” he said. “Our combined team can now begin working together as champions for the future of health in our communities.” 

As part of the affiliation, Heywood said Aspirus commits to:   

  • Honor all physician, labor and union contracts
  • Invest at least $300 million over eight years to fund St. Luke’s strategic projects
  • Implement the Epic electronic medical record platform and other standard systems to promote integration and efficiency within two years
  • Expand Aspirus’ health plan into St. Luke’s service area within two years, subject to regulatory constraints and timelines, to promote coordinated, cost-efficient and effective delivery of health care services to its members  
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